Vampyr is an incredibly promising-looking third-person action RPG from the creators of Life Is Strange, and was originally due this year on PC, Xbox One and PS4. Unfortunately Focus Interactive and DontNod Entertainment have just announced that the game has been delayed until Spring 2018.
Usually when a developer or publisher announces a delay it's entirely to make the game better, or for extra polish. While the same is true here, DontNod CEO Oskar Guilbert also specifically blames the delay on "a technical issue", interestingly. What sort of single technical issue could delay a game into the next year? It must have been a big one.
Here's the statement in full:
"Delaying the release of a project you hold dear is always a tough decision. However, we believe that meeting a deadline should never compromise quality. We were still convinced just a few weeks ago that we would be able to release Vampyr this year. Unfortunately, a technical issue - now solved - has set our teams' schedule back at the end of the development.
This delay allows us enough time for all the polishing and balancing phase, much needed for a game of Vampyr's scope, with its ambitious, semi-open world, its complex narrative and deep RPG mechanics that give players a real impact on the world.
We want to thank our publisher Focus Home Interactive for giving us the means and time necessary to provide players a memorable experience... especially since so many of you are eagerly waiting for it."
Vampyr was announced in 2015, and involves a doctor called Jonathan Reid who is turning into a vampire at the height of the Spanish Flu epidemic in London 1918. While there is action and enemies to fight, DontNod say you can complete the game without killing anyone. You can stalk and hunt humans or other monsters, use weapons and supernatural abilities such as a Dishonored Blink-style teleport, and either save London or destroy it. Supposedly you won't even be able to enter buildings without permission! We haven't actually seen that much of Vampyr really, but what we have has got us very excited.
Vampyr will, apparently, be out Spring 2018.